Saxophonist Angela Davis has recently returned to Australia after having lived in New York City for the past eight years. During her time in the States, Angela received a Masters of Music from the University of the Arts and had the opportunity to study with numerous saxophone greats including Dick Oatts, Lee Konitz and Steve Wilson.
In May of 2013 Davis released her debut album, The Art Of the Melody, to rave reviews throughout the USA and Australia in publications such as the New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz and The Weekend Australian. The album was officially released at the world-renowned New York City venue – The Kitano.
After receiving the Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary in 2014, Davis was able to record her second album as a leader entitled Lady Luck, featuring Dan Tepfer, Linda Oh, Richie Barshay and a string quartet. Lady Luck was shortlisted for three 2016 Australian Bell Awards including Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Best Produced Album and Best Australian Jazz Composition.
As a band -leader, Davis has been featured in the Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door in New York and has also performed at the Kitano, Tomi Jazz, WhyNot Jazz Room and many other venues in the city. She has appeared in Australia and the U.S. at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival, Mainline Jazz Festival, Sunshine Coast Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival and Bangalow Jazz Festival among other events. Davis has also performed and or recorded as a sideman with Sandy Evans, ATM15, Bobby Porcelli, Kevin Hunt, Jim Pugh, Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Kristin Berardi, Steve Newcomb, Joe Chindamo, the Cecilia Coleman Big Band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra and the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Clem Derosa.
Davis is endorsed by Marca Reeds.
The New York City Jazz Record
John McBeath, The Australian
Jessica Nicholas, The Age
C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz (The Art Of The Melody review)